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This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Submission no. 3052 - C8, T3
Title of the submission

Local Wikis and the puzzle globe: What makes technical collaboration fun

Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)

Roundtable discussion

Author of the submission

Birgit Müller, Zakaria Oudrhiri (Zack)

Language of presentation

English (questions in Arabic, French, German are welcome)

E-mail address

zack.wadghiri@gmail.com, birgit.mueller@wikimedia.de


zack_wadghiri (redirects to: user:زكريا), Birgit Müller (WMDE)

Country of origin

Morocco (Zack), Germany (Birgit)

Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Wikimedia MA User Group (Zack), Wikimedia Deutschland (Birgit)

Personal homepage or blog


Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

Imagine if Wikipedia was just in English, or in Chinese: We would have less challenges, but we would also lose Wikipedia's core value. Aside from its content, the way software is developed for the Wikimedia projects should also be inclusive, just like the pieces of the puzzle globe. This is why the know-how of local Wikimedia contributors is so important.

How can we bring multiple perspectives, experiences with workflows, technical knowledge and local expertise into the Wikimedia software development? What challenges do we face in the cross-wiki-collaboration around technical changes, new and improved features? What do we gain from taking multiple perspectives into account? How can we best work together and what makes collaboration fun?

Coming from different perspectives, Zack and Birgit will introduce to challenges and best practices regarding communication & collaboration around software development for the Wikimedia projects. They will provide examples from their work within and across local projects to kick off the discussion.

Contributors of all projects are invited to join us at the session and share their experiences, local pain points and best collaborative practices.

About Zack & Birgit:

Zack edits Wikipedia Arabic. He worked with users from Hebrew, Somali and Urdu Wikipedias on templates and gadgets. He is a translator by profession and a coder. Birgit is working in Software Development. She is mainly active around the Technical Wishlist, an approach to identify and prioritize technical needs from diverse users in a collaborative way. They both believe multiple perspectives to be the core value not only in software development.

What will attendees take away from this session?

Attendees will learn about existing collaborative approaches in Software Development. Software developers can get inspiration how to improve the collaboration with diverse users from local wikis. Software users will learn why their feedback is crucial and how talking about software development can actually be as simple as talking to local peers.

Theme of presentation

Technology, Interface & Infrastructure, WikiCulture & Community

For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?

Intermediate English, no technical knowledge required. Attendees should be interested in collaborative approaches.

Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)

55 minutes

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?

Pending, depends on scholarship (Zack), Yes (Birgit)

Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests

Projector, whiteboard

Is this Submission a Draft or Final?

This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

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  1. Amir É. Aharoni (talk) 11:22, 11 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Thiemo Mättig (WMDE) (talk) 12:37, 12 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  3. --Cirdan (talk) 19:32, 12 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  4. John Andersson (WMSE) (talk) 09:45, 21 April 2017 (UTC) This sounds very interesting.[reply]
  5. MSchottlender-WMF (talk) 18:56, 21 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  6. لا روسا (talk) 22:05, 3 May 2017 (UTC)[reply]